The PriestTranscript of this Sermon
- Drawn near and Hold fast
- Be an agent of Reconciliation in your world
- What was one thing that specifically stuck out to you from the sermon?
- Talk about your previous understanding of priesthood, Christ’s role as High Priest, and the importance priesthood plays in our redemption. Did this week’s sermon challenge, broaden, or complement your understanding? Why or why not?
- Does your life and spiritual posture reflect an understanding of Christ’s role as our Priest and intercessor? Why or why not? What are some application points of this truth in our everyday life?
- End your group with a time of prayer asking God to teach this community to:
- Rely on no one and nothing less than our great High Priest as a point of connection to God the Father
- Reflect the work of His intercession in our homes, neighborhood, church, and city
- Rejoice continually knowing that we are saved, nor condemned, not by our merit, and not by our righteousness, but by the great High Priest who stands even now at the throne of God, mediating on our behalf.
11Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron? 12For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also. 13For the one concerning whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar. 14For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests. 15And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, 16who has become such not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life. 17For it is attested of Him,
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”
18For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness 19(for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. 20And inasmuch as it was not without an oath 21(for they indeed became priests without an oath, but He with an oath through the One who said to Him,
“The Lord has sworn
And will not change His mind,
‘You are a priest forever’ ”);
22so much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.
23The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, 24but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. 25Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
26For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; 27who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. 28For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appointsa Son, made perfect forever.